S2 Ep2: Cause of Death - Blunt Force

S2 Ep2: Cause of Death - Blunt Force

By Lynda La Plante and Cass Sutherland

**We apologise for the variable sound quality on some of the season two episodes which were recorded during the 2020 lockdown. Please don't judge us too harshly - we're back in studio in season 3!**

The Listening to the Dead team are back for a new season looking at causes of death and the investigative techniques that surround them.

This episode we welcome back pathologist Dr Stuart Hamilton to discuss his experiences in investigating blunt force homicide. 

Three of the six causes of death in the board game Cluedo are blunt force trauma – which nicely sums up the prevalence of this cause of death. It’s the second most common form of homicide in the UK. But it’s also one of the most difficult to investigate – what weapon was used, which blow actually that killed the victim? 

Over six episodes, the team will investigate six causes of death: talking with experts, hearing how real life crime scenes are worked, exploring the latest innovations and discussing some famous cases.
   If you want to know what criminal investigation is like in real life, then get ready for a podcast that puts YOU at the crime scene. 
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Lynda's new novel Judas Horse is out on 1st April 2021 in hardback, ebook and audiobook.
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You can read more about Dr Stuart Hamilton and his work at the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit at the University of Leicester here: https://www.forensic-access.co.uk/our-people/expert-witnesses/dr-stuart-hamilton/
 This podcast was made by Bonnier Books UK
 Host & Director: Jon Watt
Producer: Laura Makela
Sound Engineer: Chris Attaway
Theme music: Game Over by Magic in the Other
End music: Sweeney by Mike Relm 
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